Chinese President XI seeks to bolster relations with Nigeria

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Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday said that his country will use the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Nigeria to promote strategic partnership to new heights.

According to him, ‘‘Nigeria is an important strategic partner of China in Africa. China-Nigeria cooperation has been the pacesetter of China-Africa cooperation.’’ President Xi in a letter to the Nigerian president, expressed appreciation for the congratulatory letter from the Nigerian government on the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which held October 1.

The Chinese leader said he attached great importance to the development of China-Nigeria relations, and assured President Buhari that his country would spare no effort in strengthening existing relations.